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Floods in France leave 15 dead, 12 missing

 Residents talk in a damaged street of Draguignan, southern France, Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Regional authorities in southeastern France say more tha...
 A woman walks past overturned cars in Draguignan, southern France, Wednesday, June 16, 2010.  Regional authorities in southeastern France say at leas...
 A rescue truck is seen in Draguignan, southern France, Wednesday, June 16, 2010.  Regional authorities in southeastern France say more than a dozen p...
 Residents salavage belongings in a street of Draguignan, southern France, Wednesday, June 16, 2010.  Regional authorities in southeastern France say ...
 A fireman helps an elderly woman on a flooded road in Draguignan, southern France, Wednesday, June 16, 2010.  Regional authorities in southeastern Fr...
 A goose walks through a street of Draguignan, southern France, Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Regional authorities in southeastern France say more than a ...
 The river Artuby floods Draguignan, southern France, Wednesday, June 16, 2010.  Regional authorities in southeastern France say at least a dozen peop...
 A cyclist views the river Artuby as it floods the town of Draguignan, southern France, Wednesday, June 16, 2010.  Regional authorities in southeaster...

France Deadly Floods

Residents talk in a damaged street of Draguignan, southern France, Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Regional authorities in southeastern France say more tha...

France Deadly Floods

A woman walks past overturned cars in Draguignan, southern France, Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Regional authorities in southeastern France say at leas...

France Deadly Floods

A rescue truck is seen in Draguignan, southern France, Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Regional authorities in southeastern France say more than a dozen p...

France Deadly Floods

Residents salavage belongings in a street of Draguignan, southern France, Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Regional authorities in southeastern France say ...

France Deadly Floods

A fireman helps an elderly woman on a flooded road in Draguignan, southern France, Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Regional authorities in southeastern Fr...

France Deadly Floods

A goose walks through a street of Draguignan, southern France, Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Regional authorities in southeastern France say more than a ...

France Deadly Floods

The river Artuby floods Draguignan, southern France, Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Regional authorities in southeastern France say at least a dozen peop...

France Deadly Floods

A cyclist views the river Artuby as it floods the town of Draguignan, southern France, Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Regional authorities in southeaster...

Regional authorities in southeastern France say 15 people have been killed and 12 are missing in the aftermath of flash floods that followed powerful rainstorms.
Unusually heavy rains recently in the Var region have transformed streets into muddy rivers that swept up trees, cars and other objects.
Var officials had said earlier Wednesday that 11 people were killed and two were missing. A regional official told France-Info radio that some 1,200 people spent the night in shelters.
Floodwaters in the city of Draguignan were about 2 meters (6.5 feet) high.
Tens of thousands of people are without electricity, and some schools are closed.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy sent condolences to residents and thanked emergency response personnel.


Updated : 2021-10-23 00:02 GMT+08:00